President Biden is expected to meet face-to-face with Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that world leaders were scheduled to speak at a summit during a press conference on Tuesday.
“We talked about it. The president said he was looking forward to meeting President Xi and so [I’m] I am not going to go into the details of this meeting which is going to take place […] “Next month,” Jean-Pierre said. “It’s going to be in San Francisco, it’s going to be a constructive meeting, the president is looking forward to it.”
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The White House stressed the importance and mutual benefits of “competition” between the United States and China, calling the meeting “intense diplomacy” and a “difficult conversation.”
The press secretary also told reporters: “Our policy and the way we move forward with China has not changed. It’s about intense competition – we’ve said we want to move forward with China – and intense competition means intense diplomacy, which is what you have to do. “I’ll see. That’s what the president is going to do and have a difficult but important conversation.”
The meeting in California will take place during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit which will take place from November 11 to 17.
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The U.S. government and the Chinese Communist Party have been working for months to hold a summit in an effort to rebuild trust and communication.
Biden and Xi last spoke in November 2022 on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, where they agreed that more direct communication between U.S. and Chinese leaders was desirable.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Biden on Friday, along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan. This was a follow-up to Blinken’s previous meeting with Xi in June.
Xi also met with California Governor Gavin Newsom last month.
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Sino-US relations deteriorated intensely earlier this year after the Biden administration discovered the presence of Chinese spy craft in US airspace and shot it down over the Atlantic Ocean.
China has also taken exception to US strategic ambiguity on the issue of Taiwan’s independence, refusing to recognize the island’s claim to sovereignty while sending diplomatic missions to meet with Taiwanese leaders.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the violent conflict between Hamas and Israel have also complicated relations.